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Sky View Observatory

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Address: 701 Fifth Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104 (Formerly Bank of America Tower)
Phone Number: 206-386-5564
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Incredible!!

This is the best view of all in Seattle! Twice the height of the Needle! If 40 floors is high enough, you can stop there and enjoy a hot drink at the Starbucks there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is the best view of all in Seattle! Twice the height of the Needle! If 40 floors is high enough, you can stop there and enjoy a hot drink at the Starbucks there.

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Los Angeles, California
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The views are clean, crisp and excellent despite the rain. There is no person on the Elevator talking about the building and telling corny jokes unlike other towers rides around the world including the USA. Also, stop midway on 40, I think for Starbucks in the Sky. Lots of good reading about view points, history etc. some is outdate but... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

While doing a Seattle attraction search on Trip Advisor, we noticed the Sky View Observatory. The day was beautiful, so we thought we would give it a try. We were not disappointed. The view is breathtaking. If you want to get the best view of the city, then give this a go.

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London, Canada
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155 reviews 155 reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We visited the Sky View Observatory with a Groupon.- great value as opposed to the over priced Space Needle. We had limited time in Seattle and wanted to see everything we could- happily,there were no crowds or lines to stand in, just great 360 degree views of the city and beyond. It was a rainy day so couldn't see as... More 

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New York City
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Love the 360º views, affordable admission price, the infographics were designed very well and looked great! Not crowed and no lines!

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Clovis, California
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a better view than the Space Needle, since it is always a 360 degree view, and an easy ride to the top. It was not crowded, making for nice photos, and time to gaze.

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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The view from the top is amazing. We reached the 73rd floor just before the sunset. (the fee is around 12 dollars ?). Expansive views of the sound, Olympics, cascades in the distance. As the sun set in the horizon , and the city lights came up - it was a beautiful sight! The miniature ferris wheel and space needle... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Had fairly low expectation based on some reviews I had read. Very scenic view of the city. A few too many clouds to see the mountains yet still had huge view of city.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Got lucky - no line for the lift but the view was amazing even though cloudy. Worth doing. Only takes an hour and add that to a trip on the mono-rail and its a good visit.

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Yakima, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Did not know of its existence before but visited on a recent trip to Seattle. Views to all directions from sound to mountains, interesting information on old and current Seattle activities and people, also seating away from windows for those who get dizzy from heights!

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